For the 10th year, Stevens Construction has won an Aurora Award at the Southeast Builder’s Conference. The Aurora Awards honor the best in construction in a 12-state region.

In a ceremony held on July 28 in Orlando, Stevens Construction earned an Aurora Award in the interior renovations commercial category for The French, a fine-dining restaurant in Naples.  Located at 365 5th Avenue South, The French transports diners to a Parisian brasserie with architectural elements such as custom embossed tin ceilings, oversized antiqued mirrors, red leather banquettes, black and white patterned mosaic floors, and hand painted, original murals by local artist, Megan Young.

With seating for 240, The French features an indoor/outdoor bar and dining courtyard with a mature, 35-foot lighted live oak-tree, which was installed by Stevens Construction.

Offering rustic country and coastal French dishes, The French is the vision and creation of award-winning Chef/Partner, and leader in the Southwest Florida culinary scene, Vincenzo Betulia.

The Stevens Construction team included project executive, Dan Adams; project manager, Mark Battaglia; superintendent, JJ Slaugh and project administrator, Sue Ziegenfus. Architectural services were provided by MHK Architecture and interior design by Debra Yelner of DLY Design.

Entries were judged on design, quality of construction, unusual constraints, cost savings techniques and outstanding features.

Stevens Construction has earned 19 Aurora Awards since 2007, five within the Healthcare division, three within Commercial, one within Public Works, two in the Hospitality category and one Renovation award. In addition, Stevens Construction has earned the highest distinction, having been recognized with seven Grand Auroras, which honor the best project within an entire category.

With offices in Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers, Stevens Construction specializes in providing construction management, general contracting and consulting services to clients and design professionals. Other services include site and design team selection, budgeting, project scheduling, permitting, cost and quality control and warranty service. The company builds commercial, healthcare and hospitality facilities. For information, visit or call 239-936-9006.